Field Chats: Environmental Action Civics Essentials

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Are you seeking ways to engage and empower young people but you're not sure where to start?

Every other week, our program team breaks down Environmental Action Civics - the research-based approach to build youth-adult partnerships, help young people be environmental decision-makers, and improve your enjoyment of teaching!

Join Earth Force, the original integrator of civics and environmental education, as we share tips and tricks and interviews with the educators, young people, and funders doing Environmental Action Civics. Episodes are under 20 minutes and full of actionable tips!

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Episode 18: All About Environmental Action Civics Week!

Join Alyssa and Krysten as they dive into all you can expect during Environmental Action Civics Week - April 29- May 3, 2024! This quick overview shares all you need to know and how to get tickets. See you there! ⁠Learn More: earthforce.org/eacweek

Episode 17: Live with Darren Bagley

On today’s episode, we’re talking with Darren Bagley! Darren is a youth leadership, civic engagement and science educator serving Arenac, Bay, Genesee, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. Darren is experienced in youth civic engagement and how adults can share power with youth. Enjoy!   Learn more about Michigan State University and Darren ⁠here⁠.

Episode 16: Live with Hannah Barg from The Wild Center

On today’s episode, we’re talking with Hannah Barg (they/them), the Climate Network Manager at The Wild Center! Hannah supports a network of youth climate summits and has a wealth of experience in sharing power with youth and convening young people for peer-to-peer engagement around climate issues. Enjoy!   Learn more about The Wild Center: ⁠wildcenter.org⁠ […]

Episode 15: Office Hours (or FAQs and a Warm Hug from Earth Force!)

Take a deep breath. We’re here, answering educator FAQs about implementing Environmental Action Civics! And offering you reassuring advice about process over product. You’re doing awesome!   2:18: How do I balance youth voice with what I need to cover? 4:24: What do I do if I’m on a condensed timeline? 7:23: What if we […]

Episode 014: Inviting the Community into the Classroom With Jamie Breitner

Welcome Field Chats, Environmental Action Civics Essentials Episode 14, brought to you by Earth Force. Today we’re excited to share a new voice with you on the podcast – 10th grade English teacher Jamie Breitner. (Side note: we love featuring Earth Force educators who teach non-environmental subjects! Proof that you can do Environmental Action Civics […]

Episode 013: Rad and Radical: Sharing Power with Youth

Welcome to Field Chats, Environmental Action Civics Essentials, Episode 13, brought to you by Earth Force. We’re excited to ring in 2024 by talking about equity in Environmental Action Civics, and specifically the lens of sharing power with young people. Check out Hart’s ladder of youth involvement here!

Episode 012: Interview with Dr. Tomoko Mori at Tokyo City University

Today we are excited to feature our CEO Vince Meldrum and share a bit about how Environmental Action Civics is being used internationally!  Vince recently traveled to Japan to meet with one of our partners in Japan – Dr. Tomoko MORI, an Associate Professor in Environmental Studies, Tokyo City University. Two years ago, Dr. Mori […]

Episode 011: Become a (Root Cause) Tree Hugger!

Dig into one of Earth Force's most popular resources - the Root Cause Tree! It helps young people dig deeper to identify the true environmental issue they're seeing in their community. Listen this week to learn how to help your students shift their focus to think about the systemic root causes of their concern and how your community is affected.

Episode 010: Live from the field: Pittsburgh Students Tackling Food Waste!

Tune in today for an interview with young changemakers Evie and Charles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. These young people, alongside their teacher Daryl Ford at Environmental Charter School, and Sarada Sangameswaran at Communitopia, led the charge to implement a schoolwide composting plan. We can’t wait for you to hear their story. Enjoy!
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